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The Collector of Bedford Street

by Alice Elliott

An Academy Award nominated short film about a neighbor with disabilities and a community with a plan.

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The Collector of Bedford Street is an Academy Award nominated short documentary that follows the filmmaker's 60 year old neighbor, Larry Selman, a community activist and fundraiser who has an intellectual disability.  Every year, Larry collects thousands of dollars for charities while living at the poverty line. When Larry’s primary caregiver becomes unable to care for him, his New York City neighborhood community rallies together to protect his independent lifestyle by establishing an adult trust fund in his behalf.

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quoteIn less than 40 minutes you have achieved more than the countless professional speeches I have ever given on inclusive communities.
Doreen Croser, Executive Director, AAIDD, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

quoteThis often humorous and warm-hearted film is highly recommended for college students and other adults who work with the disabled or are interested in inclusive communities.
Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA
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  • Nominated for an Academy Award in the Short Documentary Category 2002

  • Audience Award, Best Documentary, Horizon (Educational) Award, Aspen Shortsfest
  • Family Award, USA Film Festival
  • Director's Choice Award, Black Maria Film Festival
  • Henry Hampton Award from the Council on Foundations

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The Collector of Bedford Street

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Appropriate for: Middle School High School College/University

Special Features:

DVD has an additional video on supplemental needs trust created by the NY State Bar Association, scenes cut from the HBO/Cinemas broadcast version, photos, links to study guides and NPR radio stories, an interview with the filmmaker, closed captioning, Spanish language subtitles, and audio description.

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